Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

10 Easy Ways to Foster Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence at Home

1. Share your emotions. Talking about your emotions is an easy way to develop your child’s emotional intelligence. It also helps your child understand that emotions are a normal part of life. Let your child know when you’re upset, happy, anxious or sad. 2. Be conscious of how you manage your emotions. Knost once said […]

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When Friends Part Ways

We don’t keep every friend we’ve ever made, of course, but most friendships end with a whimper—we slowly stop seeing each other as often and eventually lose touch. Most friendships end so quietly we don’t even notice. Others end with a bang. Sometimes there is a big fight or a sudden icy silence. Big changes, […]

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Pacify Your Inner Bully

Similar to feeling victimized by a literal bully, most people reading this vivid description of the inner bully would struggle against, or even resist, pacifying this image of fear. You may ask yourself, “Why in the world would I calm or console someone who is taunting me?” The kind of pacifying that is being recommended […]

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5 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying About What Others Think

We beat ourselves up after meetings running through everything we said (or didn’t say), worried that coworkers will think we aren’t smart or talented enough. We post only the best picture out of the twenty-seven selfies we took and add a flattering filter to get the most likes to prove to ourselves that we are […]

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Psychology Around the Net: January 18, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net explores how anxiety looks in children, how managers can work with employees dealing with depression, why young girls are struggling more with mental health issues than their male counterparts, a new bill that would make mental health a priority for first responders, and more.     Anxiety is Different […]

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The Value of Pushback in Friendship

You may be familiar with the term “enabler” as it pertains to the world of addiction. In this context, an enabler is someone who allows or even assists an addict in continuation of self-destructive behavior. This dynamic can be extremely complex and it is not a cut-and-dry moral situation. The interpersonal relationships of an addict […]

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What You Need to Know About Suicidal Behavior

Suicidal Behavior Trends Suicidal behavior does not discriminate — it is a national and global issue touching all populations. To fully understand the impact of suicidal behavior it’s vital to be aware of key trends. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. with nearly 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older dying from […]

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Why Celebrity Narratives Can Be Dangerous for Your Mental Health

Are stories and personal narratives always a change agent for good? Or can they also be used for less altruistic purposes? And what happens when you add the multiplying power of celebrity and influencers into the mix of a good narrative? Humans tend to be a trusting bunch. When someone tells us a story, most […]

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Podcast: Hugging Strangers to Improve Mental Health

Tune in to discover how Edie got started in the hugging “business,” the ins and outs of giving free hugs in public, and how she manages to gently navigate our culture’s understandable wariness of inappropriate touch. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Edie Weinstein – Hugging’ Podcast Episode REV. EDIE WEINSTEIN, MSW, LSW, Love Ambassador, […]

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Treating Social Anxiety Disorder with Mindfulness

What is Social Anxiety Disorder? Social anxiety disorder is generally understood to be characterized by a marked fear of situations in which there is potential for embarrassment or humiliation in front of others. It is important to note, it is merely the ‘potential’ for embarrassment or humiliation, not necessarily any actual negative experience. It is […]

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Three Evidence-Based Ways to Feel Better During Winter 

Joining art or exercise classes, hobby groups or even making a point of meeting with friends every week can help us to combat social isolation during winter, while volunteering has even greater benefits. Altruistic activities increase our happiness while also doing good for the wider community, with 94% of volunteers reporting that helping others improves […]

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GeneSight Test: No Significant Results? Try a Different Research Measure

In early 2019, Myriad Genetics, makers of the GeneSight Psychotropic test, had the results of a study they funded published (Greden et al., 2019). This is referred to as the GUIDED study — Genomics Used to Improve DEpression Decisions. The primary measure used in that study — the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale-17 (HAM-D17) — showed […]

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A Midlife Crisis or a Midlife Unraveling? 

“Midlife is not a crisis. Midlife is an unraveling. Midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt […]

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10 Ways to Spot an Emotionally Unavailable Man

When it comes to dating advice, women need to stop waiting around for unavailable men! The physically unavailable man is not in your vicinity or in your life. I’m not against long-distance relationships at all, but if the man you love lives in a different country (or even a different state) and you are living paycheck to paycheck, it can make seeing each […]

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